Old National Centre was originally built in 1909 as the Murat Shrine, which housed Indianapolis?s growing population of Freemasons. The building has since been restored and has become an eye-catching display of diverse architectural influences. Outside of the venue, spindly towers topped with light-blue domes rise above the street, beckoning passersby to enter the theater and enjoy a show. The classic, opulent Grand Lobby opens up to a wealth of concert venues, exhibition halls, and ballrooms that astound visitors with Middle Eastern and Victorian designs.
A philosopher once called theatre “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $39, you get one ticket (a $67 value, including a facility charge) to see Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins live on stage. Shows are held at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre. Families and groups who want to sit together must use one account to make all the ticket purchases. Choose to attend one of the following show times:
Welcome to ComedySportz Indianapolis! ComedySportz is the longest running show in Indianapolis, now in its 17th year! We are NOT comedy about sports…It’s improvisational comedy played as a sport! If you love “Whose Line Is It Anyway?, ” then you’ll love ComedySportz!
Radio Radio is a nightclub and concert venue where local artists and up-and-coming bands perform in a quaint, smoke-free setting. The 3,500-square-foot facility has a purposely-created retro lounge ambiance, thanks to cozy circular seating options, floor and wall lamps, hardwood trim and a winding bar area. Show tickets can be purchased at the door for day-of shows, but as a medium-sized Midwestern venue that plays host to many indie fan favorites, they often sell out fast. This Fountain Square hotspot is also general admission only, meaning the best seats are saved for those who hop in line early – though the facility also offers plenty of standing room directly in front of the main stage.
Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre serves up a sumptuous buffet before each performance to infuse audiences with enough energy for aisle-rolling. Specializing in classic farces, Broadway musicals, and the occasional spot of children’s theater, the troupe has carried out rollicking performances of Hello Dolly, Annie Get Your Gun, Legally Blonde, and Winnie the Pooh. Every year at yuletide the performers roll out their Christmas special.
The Vernon Club, nestled in a historic building dating back to 1886, rolls out eight gleaming lanes with automatic scoring, a new Internet jukebox, and tasty comestibles for fueling competitive appetites. Players don borrowed footwear and the letterman jackets of league-player ghosts before hurling three-holed spheres toward pins poising themselves for the welcomed whack of a spare or strike. Bowlers can rest their pin-striking biceps of fury with a gooey 12-inch pizza or maintain concentration while grasping a bratwurst in non-bowling hands. On select nights, rock bands set up shop beside the lanes and churn out foot-tapping ditties until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.